Category Archives: History of Leeds

Across the Great Divide – Chapter Sixty-Seven

TO BE FACED come rain or shine, he might have added. Or come more snow, of which there was much as the coach pulled away next day.  Yorkshire, as they travelled through it at last, lay hushed beneath a vast … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Sixty-Six

‘COACHMAN YOU WILL go back with us now,’ Joe ordered. ‘When you’ve changed the horses,’ said Nell, while Robert rose beside her for extra numbers and Olu twirled her poker red at the end. ‘Who’s going to pay me for … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Fifty-One

SHE FOUND OUT later rather than sooner. Summer had turned to autumn, and day to night a hundred times or more.  She was alone in body and mind, feeling now a fool, a failure, a fraud.  She felt it especially … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Forty-Eight

SHE INTERPOSED HERSELF in the narrow space between them; it was her white face the man was seeing now instead of the black. His eyes, kindled by lust and hate, blinked with puzzlement; he was like a dog whose bowl … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Forty-Four

WHAT A RUM LITTLE fellow that was, thought Nell, as they headed up the box-lined path to the main entrance. They found it unlocked and climbed to the dingy passageway on the second floor.  She knew her way now, how … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Forty-Three

THEY ARRIVED IN London three days later, tired and almost penniless.  The bells of St Paul’s were chiming on the breeze as they clattered into the yard of the Swan with Two Necks in Aldersgate. ‘Seven o’clock,’ said Mr Strong … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Thirty-Nine

THE CHURCH WAS open as she’d hoped, as she’d dreaded. A single candle flickered at the altar, left there by accident or design.  There was no wind yet the flame burned unevenly, drunkenly was the word that came to mind.  … Continue reading

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